F/A-18 Hornet


Thursday 30th November 2006

MCAS Miramar
name not yet released



Marine Corps Air Station Miramar
Public Affairs Office
P.O. Box 452013
San Diego, CA 92145-2013
Contact: Maj. Jason Johnston
(858) 577- 6000
FAX:  (858) 577-6001

F-18 crashes on Miramar

MCAS MIRAMAR, SAN DIEGO (Nov. 30, 2006)-- A Miramar-based jet crashed at approximately 12:20 p.m. PST.  An F/A-18  Hornet from VMFAT-101 crashed approximately three miles east of the Air Field in a location aboard East Miramar. 

The pilot ejected safely to the ground. 

This incident is under investigation.  Additional information will be provided as soon as it becomes available.




Nov 30, 2006 1:26 pm US/Pacific

Pilot Survives F-18 Crash Near Miramar Air Station

(CBS 5 / AP) SAN DIEGO An F-18 Hornet military jet crashed near Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Thursday, ejecting the pilot and triggering a small brush fire, authorities said.

The pilot ejected before the jet hit the ground at midday outside San Diego, according to a statement from the Marines.

The pilot parachuted to safety and was found soon after the crash. Maurice Luque, a spokesman for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, said his condition was not immediately known.

Witnesses said the jet went straight down, followed by a big cloud of smoke.

"All of a sudden his nose pitched down and you saw the pilot eject, his canopy fully deployed, and that jet just went straight down," eyewitness Brett Barrowclougi said. "The next thing you saw was a big cloud of smoke coming up."

The crash sparked a brush fire in the remote area, according to Luque. Fire crews were dispatched to fight the blaze.

The cause of the crash, which occured during a routine training flight, was not immediately known.